West Nile found in Tippecanoe County

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this year in Tippecanoe County.

The State Health Department said it learned Monday that three mosquito groups tested positive for the virus on July 31. Health officials said this is the fist time in 2014 that a positive case has been reported.

West Nile was present in Tippecanoe County last year, and officials said it showing up this year “does not come as a surprise.” Health officials said they “were expecting to see it again this year.”

The Health Department is asking residents to take precautions outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and use insect repellent containing DEET. They said also clear standing water from properties, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

According to the Indiana government website, the West Nile virus can be transmitted to a human from a mosquito. A person who is bitten may show symptoms from three to 15 days after the bite. West Nile Virus can have these symptoms including high fever, confusion, headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness or paralysis.

The Health Department said most people who get infected with West Nile Virus will have either no symptoms or only mild symptoms. They said, however, a few individuals can have a more severe form of the disease. Severe cases are often present in individuals over the age of 50 or those with a weakened immune system, officials said.

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